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IN BRIEF - Aquaculture: protecting precious resources

Friday, May 19, 2017

Any doubt about the devastating impact sea lice levels can have on wild salmon and sea trout stocks will have been swept away by a report from Inland Fisheries Ireland that envisages an “extinction vortex” in salmon farming areas in the absence of remedial action.

Published by Samuel Shephard and Patrick Gargan and based on 26 years of statistics from the Erriff River that flows into Killary harbour on the Mayo/Galway border, the report finds that elevated lice levels have reduced annual returns of wild fish by some 50 per cent. Rising sea temperatures and other factors are also limiting survival rates but salmon farms are the biggest threat.

Initially, it was thought that lice infestation on salmon farms only affected sea trout stocks. But falling wild salmon numbers, in spite of a ban on drift netting, tells a different story.

Source: Irish Times

IN BRIEF - Feds to gain control over Kuskokwim king salmon management

Monday, May 29, 2017

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) – Starting on June 2017, the management of king salmon on a southwestern Alaska river will transfer from state control to federal.

KYUK-AM reports that as of June 12 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin to oversee the salmon living on lower and middle Kuskokwim River. Under federal law, the switch is necessary when there is poor return of king salmon. By taking over the fishery, the service is responsible for ensuring that local people receive subsistence priority.

According to the report, the feds may announce gillnet fishing openings depending on the condition of the run.

Source: KTVA

IN BRIEF - 4 Senate bills about aquaculture near finality

Monday, May 29, 2017

With the Senate set to approve on third reading 14 bills creating multi-species marine hatcheries, Senator Cynthia Villar said aquaculture will now get  a needed boost in the provinces.

“It is not surprising that aquaculture now has an uptrend globally given the dwindling catch from the wild. With the creation of these hatcheries and more in the future, our people are now assured of a source of food,” Villar said.

After hurdling the second reading last week,  14 bills seeking the creation of marine hatcheries in various municipalities in Quezon, Surigao del Sur and Albay are up for  third and final reading.

Source: The Standard

IN BRIEF - Cyclone churns toward Bangladesh as storm toll reaches at least 201 in Sri Lanka, India

Monday, May 29, 2017

A severe and intensifying cyclone churned north toward Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed at least 201 people, with more torrential downpours forecast.

Impoverished Bangladesh, hit by cyclones every year, warned that some low-lying coastal areas were "likely to be inundated by a storm surge of four to five feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters)" above normal and raised the storm danger signal, on a scale of one to 10, to seven.

Cyclone Mora was expected to make landfall on Tuesday 30th of May 2017's morning.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Prawn prices fall, aqua farmers worried

Monday, May 29, 2017

Kakinada - The aqua farmers are caught between the traders and the unscrupulous middlemen. While the government has been walking all the way to banks with the income generated from aqua culture, it paid no attention to the plight of the farmers cultivating prawns.  

The farmers accused the traders of hiking the prices at the beginning of the season and slashing those of the prawns during the time of harvest. The profits and losses from the aqua-sector showed huge gaps. The farmers are frequently getting caught in the teeth of marketing web. There is no scope for price stabilisation and also no cold storage facilities to enable the farmer to sell the prawns when the prices are higher. 

Source: The Hans India

IN BRIEF - North Carolina shrimp catch soared to new record in 2016 – why is a mystery

Monday, May 29, 2017

North Carolina shrimp trawlers caught more of America’s favorite seafood last year than any time on record. The verdict on why is unclear. 

Shrimpers in 2016 harvested a record 13.2 million pounds worth USD 28 million, a 45 percent increase over 2015, according to state biologists.

A warm autumn gets much of the credit leading to big hauls through New Year’s Day, some two months longer than usual, according to a release from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

Source: The Virginian Pilot

IN BRIEF - Oregon, California governors seek salmon disaster aid

Friday, May 26, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown are seeking a federal disaster declaration to help salmon fishermen enduring a second bad year in a row.

A record-low number of fall-run Chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River has led to fisheries restrictions, including the cancellation of the season along a large stretch of coastal southern Oregon and Northern California.

In letter dated Wednesday, the governors asked Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for an expedited declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster, a move necessary for fishing businesses to request federal assistance.

The letter asserts that Oregon’s commercial ocean salmon fisheries are projected to earn 63 percent less revenue than what they averaged from 2012-16. California fisheries are expected to make 72 percent less.(AP)

IN BRIEF - MSC label for Greenland halibut fishery

Friday, May 26, 2017

This is the first MSC certified Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) fishery in the world and represents half of the total allowable catch (TAC) of the stock.

“The Greenlandic fishery client, SFG has made tremendous effort in getting key fisheries certified against the MSC standard,” said Gisli Gislason, MSC senior programme manager for Iceland, the Faroes and Greenland.

“That applies for both their prawn, lumpfish and now the Greenland halibut fishery. By getting this certified as sustainable and well managed against the MSC Standard we hope it will be well received in the global markets, both in Europe and Asia.”

Sustainable Fisheries Greenland (SFG) entered the fishery into MSC assessment in March 2016 and the fish can now be sold globally carrying the blue MSC label

IN BRIEF - Expert report warns of 'overwhelming threat' to KI abalone farm

Friday, May 26, 2017

A deep-sea timber port planned for Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island's northern coast would likely kill a nearby abalone farm's entire stock and ruin its business, a marine biologist says.

An environmental report by Dr Paul McShane says a deep-sea port – proposed by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) – poses an “overwhelming threat” to Yumbah Aquaculture’s abalone farm in Smith Bay, and risks undermining the pristine marine ecology of the bay.

McShane’s report says large quantities of sediment from the construction and operation of the port pose “an unacceptable risk to the viable operation of the abalone farm that cannot be effectively mitigated either during construction or continuing operation”.

Source: IN Daily

IN BRIEF - Shrimp exporters to move US trade body for full waiver of anti-dumping duty

Friday, May 26, 2017

Indian seafood exporters will move the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), a quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade, for complete waiver of anti-dumping duty after five years.

Recently, the commission had voted against revoking the existing anti-dumping duty orders on imports of frozen warm water shrimps from India jolting the USD 4.7 billion seafood industry here.

It also voted to extend the anti-dumping orders on shrimp imports for five more years on shrimp from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Business Standard

IN BRIEF - NZD 30.5m boost to fisheries management

Friday, May 26, 2017


A significant boost of NZD 30.5 million of operating funding over the next four years in Budget 2017 will upgrade and modernise the fisheries management system, including the roll-out of cameras, monitoring, and electronic reporting on all commercial vessels, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

“This funding will help introduce the world-leading Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS), which will give us arguably the most transparent and accountable commercial fishery anywhere in the world,” Mr Guy says.

Source: Scoop

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IN BRIEF - 4 Senate bills about aquaculture near finality
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IN BRIEF - Feds to gain control over Kuskokwim king salmon management
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President Trump's budget proposal threatens key ocean programs
United States President Trump has released his proposed budget for funding the federal government for fiscal year 2018, including deep cuts to many ocean programs, which Oceana says would threaten marine life and coastal economies.
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Worldwide The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has released its 2016 annual report outlining tuna sustainability achievements and arguing for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy.
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